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India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness
Dec 05

India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness

Chennai : Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state and one of the country's most popular political leaders, died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night. "It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief...

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India's Modi urges bill-swap success amid cash crunch
Nov 13

India's Modi urges bill-swap success amid cash crunch

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday made an emotional appeal to people to make India graft-free, as chaotic scenes erupted outside banks nationwide after high denomination notes were pulled from circulation. Modi surprised the country Tuesday night when he announced...

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Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal this week
Nov 06

Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal this week

Tokyo : Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to sign a deal Friday that...

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Five dead, 40 wounded in Pakistan ship-breaking accident
Nov 01

Five dead, 40 wounded in Pakistan ship-breaking accident

Quetta : At least five people were killed and dozens wounded Tuesday when a gas cylinder exploded and started a fire inside an oil tanker being broken up for scrap in southern Pakistan, officials said. The accident happened at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in the southwestern province of Balochistan, some 50...

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Singapore starts first trial in 1MDB money-laundering scandal
Oct 31

Singapore starts first trial in 1MDB money-laundering scandal

Singapore : A former private banker went on trial in Singapore on Monday in the first prosecution of suspects linked to a massive international money-laundering scandal centred on Malaysian state fund 1MDB. State prosecutors described the sums involved as...

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India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali
Oct 31

India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali

New Delhi : New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital. The reading for pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first...

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Blast at Indian firecracker workshop kills five
Oct 26

Blast at Indian firecracker workshop kills five

New Delhi : Five people were killed in an explosion at an illegal firecracker workshop in India, police said on Wednesday, ahead of the annual Diwali festival when demand hits its peak. The building housing the workshop was completely destroyed when a fire hit gunpowder stocks used to make the fireworks in...

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Indian court acquits 14 over 2002 massacre of Muslims
Oct 21

Indian court acquits 14 over 2002 massacre of Muslims

Ahmedabad : An Indian court on Thursday upheld appeals by 14 Hindus convicted over the massacre of 33 Muslims burnt alive during some of the worst religious unrest the country has seen since independence. The victims had crowded into a small house seeking...

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Indian capital's zoo closes over bird flu scare
Oct 20

Indian capital's zoo closes over bird flu scare

New Delhi : New Delhi zoo has temporarily closed after two birds died of bird flu, its curator said Wednesday, a month after India declared itself free of the disease.  Riaz Khan said tests had confirmed the birds died of the H5 strain of avian influenza, commonly known...

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Twin fires kill at least 22 in India
Oct 18

Twin fires kill at least 22 in India

New Delhi : At least 22 people have been killed in two separate fires in India, most of them patients who were trapped in the intensive care unit of a major hospital, officials said Tuesday. More than 40 critically ill patients were in the ICU of a private hospital in the...

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At least 27 dead in Pakistan bus collision
Oct 17

At least 27 dead in Pakistan bus collision

Islamabad : At least 27 people were killed and 50 others were wounded early Monday after a head-on collision between two passenger buses in central Pakistan, officials said. The two buses, carrying around 100 passengers, collided in the town of Khanpur, some 800 kilometres (497 miles) south of the capital...

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Pakistan ups security as Bibi blasphemy case goes to court
Oct 13

Pakistan ups security as Bibi blasphemy case goes to court

Islamabad : Pakistan deployed hundreds of security forces in the capital Islamabad Thursday as the Supreme Court readied to hear a final appeal in the country's most notorious blasphemy case. Lawyers for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who has been on death row since 2010, will seek to have her death sentence...

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Bahrain holds roadshow in India seeking investments
Oct 08

Bahrain holds roadshow in India seeking investments

New Delhi : A delegation from the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is holding a roadshow in India seeking investments in sectors like tourism, start-ups, financial services, information technology and manufacturing, according to a report.  The Financial Express quoting EDB Managing Director...

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Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir
Oct 01

Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir

Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing"...

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Pakistan bans screening of Indian films
Oct 01

Pakistan bans screening of Indian films

A union representing Pakistan cinemas and film distributors has banned the screening of Indian movies across the country in the wake of rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours in disputed Kashmir.  The decision follows an earlier move by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) to...

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Earthquake strikes Pakistan
Oct 01

Earthquake strikes Pakistan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck Pakistan at 0804 GMT, 117 km east of the Swat Valley city of Mingaora, at a depth of 43.4 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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India's navy on high alert in Mumbai
Sep 22

India's navy on high alert in Mumbai

Mumbai : India's navy was put on high alert Thursday in the city of Mumbai, an official said, after reports that four men dressed in black and carrying weapons were seen near a base.  Security has been strengthened at several naval facilities along the coast in and around India's financial capital, while...

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Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir
Sep 20

Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir

Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across their disputed border in Kashmir on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants. Eighteen soldiers died in Sunday's attack, which was the worst of its kind to hit the divided Himalayan region...

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US 'friendly fire' kills eight Afghan police: officials
Sep 19

US 'friendly fire' kills eight Afghan police: officials

Afghanistan: A US air raid has killed eight Afghan policemen who were battling the Taliban, officials said Monday, the first apparent "friendly fire" incident since American forces were given greater powers to strike at insurgents. The incident happened on Sunday in the Tali area of Uruzgan province. The Taliban...

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India weighs response to deadly raid on Kashmir base
Sep 19

India weighs response to deadly raid on Kashmir base

Srinagar: India on Monday weighed its response to a bloody raid on an army base in Kashmir which  fuelled tensions with nuclear-armed Pakistan, as some politicians called for military action after the worst attack of its kind in over a decade. New Delhi has said Pakistan-based militants were behind Sunday's...

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Thousands flock to Indian Himalayas for rare Buddhist festival
Sep 19

Thousands flock to Indian Himalayas for rare Buddhist festival

Hemis: Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have flocked to India's remote Ladakh region for a rare Buddhist festival, dubbed the "Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas" by promoters. Dancers in bright, silk costumes and striking headgear performed to drum and pipe music as part of the festival being held in a...

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17 Indian soldiers killed in militant attack on Kashmir base
Sep 18

17 Indian soldiers killed in militant attack on Kashmir base

Srinagar : Heavily armed militants killed 17 soldiers in a pre-dawn raid Sunday on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, the worst such attack for years in the disputed Himalayan region. The rebels attacked the army brigade headquarters housing hundreds of soldiers in the town of Uri, close to the de facto...

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Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf's property
Sep 17

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf's property

Islamabad : A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad's radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday confiscating his property, a lawyer said. Former president Musharraf, who left Pakistan for Dubai in March for what was described as urgent medical treatment,...

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Three workers missing after bridge collapse in China
Sep 11

Three workers missing after bridge collapse in China

Beijing : A decommissioned bridge collapsed in central China Sunday leaving three workers missing, state media reported. The collapse happened as the bridge was being dismantled in Jiangxi province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Five workers who fell into the river in the accident were rescued and sent...

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At least 22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire
Sep 10

At least 22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire

Dhaka : At least 22 people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said Saturday as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze. Around 100 people were working when flames tore through the four-storey building in...

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US to give Philippines military planes
Sep 07

US to give Philippines military planes

Manila : The United States is giving the Philippines two used military aircraft, the coast guard said Wednesday, to help Manila expand sea patrols in the face of territorial disputes with China. The two Sherpa 30-seater aircraft will be delivered in December, Philippine coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo...

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British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded
Sep 06

British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded

London : Tens of thousands of British Airways passengers face delays and disruption due to what the airline calls "problems with the computer systems".  Overnight, travellers from destinations worldwide - and in particular North America - have been turning up at check-in to discover long queues. At...

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US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet
Sep 03

US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet

Hangzhou : The United States and China on Saturday formally joined the Paris climate deal, with President Barack Obama hailing the accord as the "moment we finally decided to save our planet". The move by the world's two biggest polluters is a major step forward for the 180-nation accord, which sets ambitious goals...

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Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers
Sep 03

Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers

Islamabad : Pakistan stepped up its search for two Americans climbers Saturday, deploying army helicopters to find the pair who went missing six days ago while trying to summit a mountain in the country's far north. Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-metre (23,900-foot) Ogre-II peak off...

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Obama arrives in China for final visit as president
Sep 03

Obama arrives in China for final visit as president

Hangzhou : US President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for his final visit as president, intent on cementing the "pivot" to Asia undertaken during his administration. Obama was welcomed by an honour guard as Air Force One landed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, which is hosting the G20 summit of global...

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Iranian plot to sabotage Saudi-India ties foiled
Sep 03

Iranian plot to sabotage Saudi-India ties foiled

A swift and tactical move by India has put paid to the Iranian trickery of sowing distrust in the strong and time-tested relations between Riyadh and New Delhi. A recent Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Lebanese Al-Alam news channel report claimed that Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has allegedly played down the...

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Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast
Sep 03

Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast

Davao : Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte's home town that killed at least 14 people. An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top...

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Reliance Jio announce world's cheapest 4G data rates
Sep 01

Reliance Jio announce world's cheapest 4G data rates

Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani unleashed his telecom disruptor Jio, announcing free voice calls and zero roaming charges for its customers. Ambani's big switch from oil to mobile was announced at the company's 42nd AGM on Thursday. "Jio's 4G network covers 18,000 cities and towns, and over 2 lakh...

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More than a million Indian workers to go on strike on Friday
Aug 31

More than a million Indian workers to go on strike on Friday

New Delhi : More than a million Indian workers in banking, telecoms and other sectors will go on strike on Friday, seeking higher wages and to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s labor reforms and a plan to close some loss-making firms. Trade unions including the All India Trade Unions Congress and...

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Afghanistan launches polio drive in former IS areas
Aug 29

Afghanistan launches polio drive in former IS areas

Kabul : Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at reaching children in areas previously controlled by Islamic State group militants, officials said. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic -- a fact blamed on opposition to immunisation by...

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NRI tax time bomb to blast after September 30
Aug 29

NRI tax time bomb to blast after September 30

Muscut : September 30 is the deadline for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to declare their Indian assets, ahead of new rules aimed at targeting black money.After September 30, non-resident Indians will have to pay tax on income generated in India.The new Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) 2016, states that each NRI has to...

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Singapore says 40 more locally transmitted Zika cases
Aug 28

Singapore says 40 more locally transmitted Zika cases

Singapore : Singapore reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections on Sunday, most of them foreign workers at a construction site. The government on Saturday announced its first case, that of a 47-year-old Malaysian woman residing in the city state. All 41 are residents or workers in a...

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Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert
Aug 26

Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert

Tokyo : Japanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday. A 19-year-old man had a fever of more than 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rash over his body after...

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Historic Indian mausoleum ordered to lift ban on women
Aug 26

Historic Indian mausoleum ordered to lift ban on women

Mumbai : A centuries-old Islamic mausoleum was Friday ordered to allow women to enter its inner sanctum, with an Indian court saying a ban violated their constitutional rights. The Haji Ali Dargah trust has barred women from the landmark mausoleum off the coast of Mumbai since 2012, insisting women near the tomb of a...

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Aster CMI Hospital to open in Bengaluru
Aug 26

Aster CMI Hospital to open in Bengaluru

Manama : Dubai-based healthcare conglomerate, Aster DM Healthcare, will open a Quaternary Healthcare facility Aster CMI Hospital in the Indian city of Bengaluru.  The hospital in Hebbal reflects the group’s ongoing commitment to create patient-centric hospitals driven by medical innovations and...

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India to ban surrogacy business
Aug 24

India to ban surrogacy business

New Delhi : India's government Wednesday approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreign couples who flock to centres to have a baby. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said cabinet approved a bill to restrict surrogacy services to local married couples,...

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China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept
Aug 24

China unveils 2020 Mars rover concept

Beijing : China has unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade in a mission that faces "unprecedented" challenges, state media said Wednesday. China, which is pouring billions into its space programme and working to catch up with the US and Europe,...

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2011 Mumbai oil spill: Adani, Qatar-based shipping company fined
Aug 23

2011 Mumbai oil spill: Adani, Qatar-based shipping company fined

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday imposed Rs 100 crore fine on Qatar-based shipping company and Rs 5 crore on Adani Enterprises Ltd for the 2011 Mumbai oil spill incident. A cargo vessel, delivering coal to Adani's thermal plant in Gujarat, sank 20 nautical miles off the South Mumbai coast on...

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India court bans children from human pyramid festival
Aug 18

India court bans children from human pyramid festival

Mumbai : India's top court has ruled that people below the age of 18 years cannot participate in Mumbai's famous human pyramid religious festival. The Supreme Court upheld an earlier high court ruling on Wednesday that the tradition was dangerous for children. The court also banned human pyramids taller than 20ft...

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13 die from suspected toxic liquor in India
Aug 17

13 die from suspected toxic liquor in India

New Delhi : At least 13 people died Wednesday, a local official said, after they apparently drank toxic homemade liquor in India’s eastern Bihar - despite a state-wide ban on alcohol. At least 18 people were taken to hospital late Tuesday suffering from severe stomach ache and vomiting. “Thirteen people...

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Indian from Bahrain caught smuggling gold
Aug 18

Indian from Bahrain caught smuggling gold

Manama : Customs authorities have arrested an Indian man who came from Bahrain for trying to smuggle 6.4 kg of gold. The suspect, whose name has been revealed only as Thasleem, hails from Kozhikode in the south Indian state of Kerala and was caught at the Calicut International Airport. The gold was found hidden in...

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Salman Khan meets the Dalai Lama
Aug 15

Salman Khan meets the Dalai Lama

Salman Khan met Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Ladakh, where the actor is shooting for his upcoming film Tubelight. In one of the photos that have surfaced online, Khan and rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantour are in conversation with the leader. Khan has been in Ladakh for the past month, shooting for...

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Woman gives birth at hospital, rushes to exam
Aug 15

Woman gives birth at hospital, rushes to exam

Patna: While there have been instances of newly-wed women decked in bridal attire rushing to examination halls for their papers, a new mother straight out of a hospital writing an exam may be a first. On Saturday, a woman in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, rushed to an exam hall in an ambulance just one-and-half hours after...

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Four killed in new Kashmir violence
Aug 16

Four killed in new Kashmir violence

Srinagar : Security forces shot dead four people and wounded another 12 during a protest at a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, according to witnesses and a security source. The shooting occurred when residents of Raipanthan village took to the streets to protest what they said were aggressive tactics...

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Saudi robbed in Mumbai- gang arrested
Aug 15

Saudi robbed in Mumbai- gang arrested

Four key members of a crime ring that focused in robbing foreign tourists, especially Saudi nationals, were arrested by the Mumbai Police, according to Arab News report. The leader of the gang, who was also arrested, was named in over 40 theft cases, the report added. According to the report, the arrests...

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